In the book of Ephesians we find the Apostle Paul telling the Ephesian Church about his prayer for them…
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms…Ephesians 1:18-21 (NLT)
Paul’s prayer was not that they would receive these things (faith, power, victory), but that they would understand or see it. The Ephesian Church already possessed these things because they were called, they were God’s inheritance, and because they believed. The same applies to you and me. We are full of faith and power, and we have the victory! Just like the Ephesian Church, if we don’t see it what good is it to us?
The story of Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings chapter 6 teaches us the importance of seeing the power and victory we possess…
When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, “We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.” But immediately Elisha would warn the king of Israel… So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by Elisha. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he would be on the alert there. The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?” “It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!” “Go and find out where he is,” the king commanded, “so I can send troops to seize him.” …So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city (where Elisha was). When Elisha’s servant got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire…2 Kings 6:8-23 (NLT)
Elisha’s servant could not see it. All he could see was the enemy coming, which filled him with anxiety and fear. He soon became aware of a game-changing spiritual reality: there was more for him than against him and there was more available to him and working on his behalf. We cannot look at the opposing forces in our lives with our physical eyes. It’s a spiritual thing which means we should see things from a spiritual perspective. In order to be confident and victorious you’ve got to be able to “see” it in the spirit. YES! Things are hard right now. YES! The situation seems hopeless right now. YES! It may look like you’re in this thing alone. But don’t be afraid! For there are more on your side than on you realize!
This is my prayer for you today… that your eyes will be opened and you will see that you are full of faith and you are full of power! I encourage you to stand strong and believe!